[Live Blog] No. 24 Penn State vs. Purdue

Good afternoon, Penn State fans. We’re at Ross-Ade Stadium for No. 24 Penn State’s showdown with Purdue. The Nittany Lions are ranked for the first time since 2011 and James Franklin’s squad is hoping to keep up its winning ways against the Boilermakers. We will have updates throughout the game on this page, including game analysis, photos, and more. Here’s the media information you’ll need and here’s our staff’s game predictions.

Fourth Quarter

1:31 — Billy Fessler comes in to take a knee and close out the game. That’s it from Ross-Ade Stadium as No. 24 Penn State wins 62-24. Thanks for following along.

2:25 — Purdue returns the kick inside its own 20. Penn State forces the Boilermakers into another three-and-out and they punt 42 yards to the Penn State 43.

4:41 — A rush from Sanders and a pair of carries from Stevens brings Penn State a yard short of the first down. The Nittany Lions go for it on fourth down and Andre Robinson scores his second touchdown of the game with a 19-yard rush. Davis hits the extra point as Penn State goes ahead 62-24.

6:09 — Purdue starts the drive at the 19 and new quarterback Elijah Sindelar throws an interception to Christian Campbell. Campbell took it to the house, but Penn State is called for blocking below the waist and the Nittany Lions take over at the Purdue 28.

9:16 — Tommy Stevens checks in for Trace McSorley. His first pass play is an incompletion, but he rushes for 18 yards on second down. A pair of rushes from Sanders and Stevens gets Penn State another first down at Purdue’s 28. Stevens completes to Irvin Charles on the next play for a 26-yard gain to the 2. After Stevens gets stopped at the one-yard line, Mark Allen rushes to the outside for the score. Davis hits the PAT to make it 55-24 Penn State.

13:56 — The Boilermakers had a couple third down conversions to bring them inside Penn State territory. Blough fumbles the snap and Kevin Givens recovers at the Purdue 42.

14:09 — First play, touchdown. Saquon Barkley rushes 81 yards for his second touchdown of the game. Davis hits the PAT to make it 48-24.

15:00 — Ryan Buchholz sacks Blough to force the Boilermakers to punt. Purdue punts to the 29, but a holding call brings it back to the Penn State 19.

Third Quarter

1:18 — Another Joey Julius kickoff, another touchback. Markell Jones picks up 11 yards on the carry, but an illegal block on the next play brings it back to the Purdue 21. The Boilermakers pick up one yard on the next two plays to set up Third-and-24 as the quarter comes to a close.

2:32 — The Boilermakers try an onside kick, but the attempt goes out-of-bounds to give Penn State the ball at the Purdue 40. Barkley carries 22 yards on the next play. After a loss of three yards on first down, McSorley finds an open Miles Sanders for a 21-yard touchdown. Davis nails the extra point to make it 41-24 Penn State.

4:21 — Julius’ kickoff goes for a touchback and the Boilermakers start at the 25. On third-and-five, a holding call on Christian Campbell gives Purdue a first down at its 39-yard line. Blough launches a bomb 62-yard yards to DeAngelo Yancey for a touchdown. Dellinger hits the PAT to make it 34-24 Penn State.

6:03 — McSorley completes to Saeed Blacknall for a 42-yard gain to start the drive. Barkley takes the hand-off on the next play for a gain of 17 yards. Penn State has third down from the Purdue 11, but McSorley’s pass goes incomplete and Davis hits 29-yard field goal to make it 34-17.

8:17 — Brian Lankford-Johnson returns Joey Julius’ kick from the 2 to the 20-yard line. Penn State’s defense shut down the sweep from Purdue for a 2-yard loss on first down. Blough completes two-straight passes, but couldn’t get the first down and Purdue punts to John Reid, who fair catches at the 28.

9:49 — McSorley starts the drive from the Penn State 20 with a hand-off to Barkley for a 10-yard gain. Three-straight incompletions forced the Nittany Lions to punt. Gillikin kicked it away, but Purdue’s returner Marshall fumbles and Jordan Smith recovers. Barkley rushes on the next play 20 yards to the Purdue 4 and Andre Robinson drives it in for the touchdown. Davis nails the extra point to make it 31-17 Penn State.

12:29 — Another touchback for Julius as Purdue starts on its 25. A five-yard completion and one-yard rush set up third-and-four, which the Nittany Lions got the stop on, but a personal foul on Antoine White gives Purdue a first down on its 46. A Purdue holding penalty on third down forced the Boilermakers to convert a third-and-17, but they only got a five-yard completion and punted into the end zone for a touchback.

13:47 — Barkley gets three straight carries to get the ball to the one-yard line. McSorley throws to Godwin for the touchdown and Davis converts the PAT to put Penn State up 24-17.

15:00 — Joey Julius kicks the ball out-of-bounds and Purdue starts at the 35-yard line with the penalty. Brandon Smith comes up with an interception on third down and returns it to the Purdue 24.

Halftime

Second Quarter

0:57 — Blough passes to Jones for a 31-yard gain to the Penn State 22. A delay of game pushes the Boilermakers back five yards, but offside on the Penn State defense gives Purdue its five yards back with 38 seconds remaining. Penn State’s defense holds the Boilermakers at the 22 with three straight incompletions. Dellinger misses the 39-yard yard field goal wide left and McSorley takes a knee as we head into the half tied 17-17.

1:46 — Penn State also goes three-and-out to give the ball right back to Purdue. Purdue calls timeout to stop the clock and Gillikin punts 26 yards to the Purdue 47-yard line.

2:36 — Joey Julius kicks the ball out of the end zone and Purdue starts the drive from the 25. Purdue goes three-and-out and punts to the Penn State 29.

6:57 — Miles Sanders returned the kickoff from the 13-yard line and couldn’t get a hold of the ball to gain anything on the play. McSorley completed to a wide-open DaeSean Hamilton at the 30 for a 13-yard gain. Back-to-back rushes from Barkley set up third-and-four, which was given to Barkley once again for a gain of 11 yards. McSorley throws downfield to Saeed Blacknall, but Blacknall was grabbed and pass interference was called. McSorley finds Godwin on the next play for a gain to the Purdue 20. Penn State calls timeout with 2:47 left in the half on third-and-five. The pass on third down falls incomplete and Tyler Davis knocks home a 33-yard field goal to tie it 17-17.

12:33 — Purdue picks up a handful of first downs to get into Penn State territory. Koa Farmer nearly had a pick-six, but couldn’t hang on to the interception. The Boilermakers had fourth-and-nine from the 36 and got a pass interference penalty on Marcus Allen to get the first down at the 21. A holding call on Purdue brought it back to the 31-yard line. Purdue picked up six yards on the next three plays and J.D. Dellinger hits a career-best 42-yard field goal to make it 17-14 Purdue.

14:32 — Penn State starts the drive at the 21. Penn State had third-and-four, but an offside call on Purdue got the Nittany Lions a first down. McSorley finds Barkley over the middle for a 21-yard gain into Purdue territory. Defensive holding got Penn State another first down on the 37. McSorley finds Godwin open over the middle and Godwin took the open space into the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown. Davis converts the extra point to tie it 14-14.

15:00 — Blough starts the quarter with a six-yard completion to bring Purdue to the one-yard line. A screen pass from Blough to Cameron Posey for the touchdown and the converted extra point give Purdue a 14-7 lead.

First Quarter

4:56 — Purdue converts third-and-10 with a 15-yard completion to start the drive. After an incompletion, 7-yard gain in the air, and stop for no gain, Purdue went for it on fourth down. Marshall throws a shovel pass to Jones for the first down. Purdue converts another third down with a 19-yard completion from Blough to bring the Boilermakers to the 7-yard line. A rush for no gain on first down ends the quarter with the score 7-7.

6:26 — Penn State starts on the 35 after Purdue’s kickoff goes out-of-bounds. A rush for no gain and a sack set up third-and-20. McSorley gets put under pressure again and is forced to throw the ball away. Gillikin punts 52 yards to the 23 and Bilal Marshall returns to the 45 for a 22-yard gain.

11:33 — Purdue starts at the 23 after a return from the four-yard line. David Blough completes his first pass of the game for 10 yards. The Boilermakers start their fresh set of downs with an incompletion, a rush of six yards, and completion of six yards to get another first down at their own 45. Purdue gets another third down conversion with a 23-yard rush to Penn State’s 25. Back-to-back big gains brought Purdue inside the 10 and two offside calls put the Boilermakers on the two-yard line. The Nittany Lions third-straight penalty brought Purdue half the distance to the goal before Markell Jones punched the ball in from the one-yard line for the touchdown. The extra point was converted to tie the game 7-7.

15:00 — Penn State wins the toss and opts to receive. Miles Sanders is back to return and takes it to the 25, but a holding call takes it back to the 15-yard line. Barkley begins the drive with a gain of 11, then McSorley throws to Barkley for a gain of 12. After getting stopped at the line of scrimmage and an incompletion, McSorley found Gesicki for a 23-yard gain on third down. McSorley throws to Barkley over the middle on second down, and the running back takes in 37 yards to the 3-yard line. Barkley runs it up the middle on the next play for a touchdown and Tyler Davis nails the PAT to make it 7-0 Penn State.

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Steve Connelly is a junior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tried to be a photographer once, but the only good thing that came out of it is a name for his future sports bar, The Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide) and email him at [email protected]

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